The Federal TEACH Grant is a grant available to students pursuing a first time bachelor’s degree or first master’s degree to teach in a shortage area. The grant will convert to a Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan if the student does not meet the requirements of their agreement to serve.

In order to qualify for the TEACH grant, a student must:

  • Have a valid FAFSA on file
  • Maintain a cumulative 3.25 GPA; OR
  • Score above the 75th percentile on a least one battery of an undergraduate; post-baccalaureate or graduate admissions exam
  • Be enrolled in a program that will lead to a career teaching in a high need subject

Eligible High Need Fields

Application Process

  • First-time TEACH Grant recipients must schedule a meeting with a TEACH Grant advisor to review your eligibility and discuss requirements.
  • Complete the Iowa State University TEACH Grant application (provided by TEACH Grant advisor)
  • Complete an annual Agreement to Serve or Repay (Agreement) and counseling with the US Department of Education
  • The Federal TEACH Grant will automatically renew each year if you have a valid FAFSA on file by Iowa State’s packaging date. If you submit your FAFSA later, please contact to request the TEACH Grant on your aid offer.

Award Amounts

Teach Grant Disbursed 2024-25Teach Grant Disbursed 2023-24
Maximum Award AmountsOctober 1, 2024 – September 30, 2025October 1, 2023 – September 30, 2024
Annual Award Limit$3,772$3,772
Aggregate Award Limit for Undergraduate Program$16,000$16,000
Aggregate Award Limit for Graduate Program$8,000$8,000